Though happy enough with his lot, Michael Simkins has never truly shaken the nagging doubt - helpfully upheld by his partner Julia - that he somehow lacks worldly sophistication. While she spent her teenage years as a nanny on a boat moored at Cannes, his utter lack of travel experience (Weymouth, Cleethorpes and a day trip to Dieppe) still has the power to shock people into leaving dinner parties early.
So as he hits middle-age, Michael takes up the challenge of broadening his horizons. He decides to improve himself in the same way English gentlemen lacking refined edges have for centuries: by learning from our more cultured French neighbours. Michael, an English provincial ingénue, sets off to discover just what the Gallic nation can teach him and the rest of us Anglo-Saxons about living the good life with equal parts élan and savoir-faire. Armed only with 50 Useful Phrases in French, he waits to see if his odyssey from La Manche to the Riviera will finally turn him from the scotch-egg eating spawn of Anne Widdecombe and John McCririck into the champagne-sipping love child of Serge Gainsbourg and Catherine Deneuve. Julia is saying a prayer for him at Lourdes.
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"Brimming with well-told anecdotes with perfectly delivered punchlines...a must-read for anyone stepping on the Eurostar" The Daily Telegraph "Vive le Simkins!" Metro "Insightful, charming and trouser-wipingly funny." Stephen Fry "Simkins makes even the worst travel experience pleasurable. In fact, the worse it is, the better he gets." Michael Palin "Funnier than Bryson" Michael BillingtonBook Description:
The critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Fatty Batter is back with a hilarious tale of a Brit abroad.
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Book Description Ebury Press, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 320 pages. 8.50x5.31x0.91 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0091927528
Book Description Ebury Press, 2009. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091927528